World Series

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The 2010 World Series has unfolded in a most surprising fashion, and if the Series wasn’t decided Monday night, then the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants are headed back to California with the Giants holding a 3-2 edge.

The fact that the Giants won the first two games at home is not a huge surprise. That they won by scores of 11-7 (over Cliff Lee in Game 1) and 9-0 (in Game 2) is a HUGE surprise.

After winning Game 3 at home, Texas failed to draw even Sunday night, falling 4-0 to the Giants as the lack of Texas’ offense continues. Sunday’s loss marked the first time since 1966 that a team had been shut out more than once in a World Series.

And, Texas was projected to win the series on the strength of their bats, enjoying a huge edge at the plate that was expected to more than offset San Francisco’s overall edge on the pitching mound.

Game 6 in San Francisco would feature a rematch of Game 2 in which Matt Cain was brilliant in out pitching Texas’ CJ Wilson. Cain is pitching on a level that equals that of Texas’ Lee and is surpassing that of teammate Tim Lincecum (who opposed Lee in Games 1 and 5).

The recommended plays would be to back the Giants and Cain in Game 6. If the Rangers are able to rally for two straight wins in Games 5 and 6 to force a Game 7, then the Rangers are playable in a matchup that likely features Colby Lewis opposing the Giants’ Jonathan Sanchez.

The two faced each other in Game 3 (won by Texas 4-2). Of course in a Game 7 everybody is available for duty and that includes Texas’ Lee out of the bullpen should the need arise.

Although the first two games each went OVER the low totals, the matchup fundamentals would again suggest low scoring games in San Francisco, but only if the total is priced at 7 or higher (which, without a Lee-Lincecum matchup, is quite likely).

Regardless of how this Series turns out, 2010 was a remarkable season in the annals of baseball history, and will be remembered as a season in which pitching dominated hitting.

It featured a pair of perfect games in the regular season to be capped with only the second no hitter in post season history, pitched by Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay, author of one of the regular season’s perfect games (Oakland’s Dallas Braden tossed the other).

Enjoy the off season, secure in the knowledge that pitchers and catchers report in about 13 weeks.

 

About the Author

Andy Iskoe

Owner and author of “The Logical Approach,” Andy Iskoe has been a long time GT columnist, contributing weekly in-season columns on baseball, pro basketball and pro football.

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